Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya (b.1944) was Professor in the Printmaking Department of Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan till 2007. Despite certain physical challenges, Prof. Bhattacharya exhibits his multiple aptitudes in pictorial arts. His keen interest in folk rituals and motifs and especially in Bengali floor decorations (alpona) are often reflected in his works. The rustic life is his inspiration. Thus mythological narration recurs as a thematic preference. His spirit is that of a modern artist who does not reject tradition but assimilates it to arrive at a new genre. The icons he paints no longer boast about their divinity; rather they come close to the mundane world. At times he arrives at a highly sophisticated stylistic rendition where bold lines dominate the construction. His landscapes give a panoramic view with commonly seen motifs.
Here are some of the works of Prof Santanu Bhattacharya’s that are with us, from the early days of his career.